Looking Back at the NGMA Conference

May 6, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Congratulations to the National Grants Management Association for holding another excellent training conference. Aside from having it at a great venue and offering the CGMS training, the program was chock full of interesting and informative sessions.

If I took one thing away from this year’s conference, it was the importance of planning. Grantees should effectively plan how to retain documents, plan for site visits, plan for audits and plan for closeout. While most grants officials have heard of the familiar mantra, “Document, Document, Document,” a new one may be “Planning, Planning, Planning.”

While my colleague and managing editor, Adrianne Fielding, was taking pictures, moderating sessions and of course, tweeting the events of the conference, you may have seen me in the front row of each session taking notes. Keep an eye out in upcoming issues of the Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service newsletters for stories from these sessions.

I tried to avoid consuming too much chocolate while in Hershey, although the temptation was great. I am, however, still trying to figure out how they made the hand lotion and shampoo — yes, shampoo! — smell like chocolate.

It was great to revisit with so many grants officials that I already have had the pleasure to meet, but to also introduce myself to some new ones. I hope to see you all at future NGMA luncheons and annual conferences, and save a front-row seat for me!

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